Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer - 8/1/2015
Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer passed peacefully at Salem Township Hospital with family at her side. She was a lifelong resident of Salem and member of the Grace Methodist Church she loved the community and its people. She thoroughly enjoyed life to its fullest by going and doing with family and friends. When not on the go she was always planning the next trip or event. She enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and vacationing at Perry’s Resort in Daytona Beach with the love of her life, Louie, and friends, the Sweney's, Duncan's, Garner's, Jones', and Perry's were her favorites. Jewell had such a special interest in all her family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren. No one was missed when it came to birthdays, Christmas, or special events. With growing up in the Salem Firehouse, her father being Fire Chief and later her son, she maintained a keen interest in the Fire Department to the end. She spent many years as a bookkeeper for Fear and Duncan Oil Company from which she ultimately retired.
As per her wishes, Jewell will be cremated and a celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 1 at Grace United Methodist Church in Salem, with Michael Ebersohl presiding. The family will greet friends at 10 AM at the church. Burial will follow at East Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church or Salem Fire Protection District. The Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and memorials may be left with the funeral home.
She is survived by children – James T. Somer of Salem, Mary Jan England and husband William England of Crocker, MO, Candy Tate of Mattoon, IL, Greg Gruenkemeyer and wife Rae of Salem, and Kent Gruenkemeyer and wife Martha of Salem; Grandchildren – James Robert Somer and life companion Samantha Hudson of Land o Lakes Florida, Elisabeth Somer-Murray and husband Brian of Noblesville, IN, Shawn England and wife Wendy England, Prescott, AR, Julie Cochran and husband Robert Cochran, Iberia, MO, Keri Frehse and husband William Frehse, Crocker, MO, Nicholas England and wife Chasity, Iberia, MO, Cody England and wife Julie England, Iberia, MO, Colt England, Iberia MO, Bart Tate, Highland IL, Kyle Gruenkemeyer and wife Katie, Imperial MO, Kacy Gruenekemeyer, Des Moines, IA, Evan Gruenkemeyer and wife Kaysie, Edwardsville, IL; 15 great grand children, 1 great great grand child, sister-in-law – Willadeen Storment, special friend Ann Somer-Hanson.
Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer was born December 15, 1925 in Salem, IL to Herschel Young Storment and Helen Eaton Storment. She married Louis Gruenkemeyer November 22nd, 1973 and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by brother: Jack Storment; sister: Jane Jenkins, parents: Herschel and Helen Storment and step son-in-law: David Tate.